Clubs and Associations
Vancouver College strives to graduate well-rounded life long learners who are willing to participate in today's complex society and work co-operatively. To accomplish this, a wide variety of clubs and societies are organized to allow plenty of scope for further student development and team building. Many are subject-based and offer valuable learning experiences outside of the classroom.
As we encourage our students to be proactive and independent, clubs will be announced to students through announcements and their teachers. We encourage interested parents to speak to their sons regarding interest in any clubs.
Students should contact teacher facilitators if they require any more information regarding specific clubs.
- Art Club
- Chess Club
- Culinary Club
- Debate Society
- Dungeons and Dragons Club
- The Edmundians
- Junior Edmundians
- Environment Club
- First Aid Club
- Pink Day Club
- Pro Life Club
- Student Council
- VC FIRST® Tech Challenge Teams
The Art Club meets every Tuesday at lunch (12:55pm) in the Art Room to make art, listen to music, and eat pizza! This is a time when students who love art can work on extra projects of their choice, or work together collaboratively on bigger pieces throughout the year.
Facilitator - Ms. Euphemia Redden
Through the Culinary Club, Vancouver College students meet twice a month with students from Little Flower Academy to learn how to bake and cook!
The club consists of individual school meetings to plan projects, discuss food safety instruction, and collaborate with LFA students in the purchasing of ingredients. Students walk to LFA for their meetings and work with their team to create dishes.
Facilitator - Mrs. Lilian Vernier
The Vancouver College Debate Society provides young thinkers the opportunity to explore and discuss diverse topics.
The Society competes in tournaments across the province, including the UBC High School Debate Championships, the Newman Fisa Debate Tournament, as well as the Lower Mainland West Regional and BC Provincial Championships.
Members benefit tremendously from debate, as it is essential to our nation's democratic process and important in successful decision making. The debate experience empowers members to participate more productively in shaping their own personal worlds and society as a whole. Members are inclined to be more globally aware, researching and presenting arguments based on current issues that are making headlines worldwide. Members must also be able to think on the spot and a challenge their opponent's contentions, with refutation and clash being key features of debating. VCDS has consistently produced provincially recognized debaters, particularly in the Grade 8 level of competition.
Facilitator - Ms. Michelle Ozdogan
Dungeons and Dragons is a role-playing game where ordinary students become the heroes of legend in a mystical land of their own creation. Students form groups or "party's" with one another in order to accomplish glorious feats and audacious quests. Dungeons and Dragons has a great community atmosphere where students of all backgrounds can have fun, make friends and become part of a community of like-minded individuals.
Facilitator - Mr. Chris Povey
The mission of the Edmundian Association at Vancouver College is to lead the community in fostering a faith community whose members seek to live the Gospel in their daily lives.
The Edmundians are committed to an ethic of care and justice. By offering excellence in academics, dress code, behaviour, conduct and service, the Edmundians work to provide an environment in which students can flourish, grow and experience leadership and competence for creating a community of learners which is constructive, empowering, just and diverse.
The Elementary School Environment Club (Facilitator- Mrs. Tricia Listecki) is dedicated to working at making our community an Earth-Friendly environment. The club is made up of grade six boys who collect the blue bins from the classrooms when needed. This group of boys works diligently to keep the elementary school aware of the importance of recycling in our classrooms and in the cafeteria. They monitor the garbage and recycling containers after Grade 3-6 lunch has been eaten to help students sort their trash. We meet every month to discuss how we can improve the awareness of Environmental Issues in our school.
The Middle School Environment Club is a group of students dedicated to running the recycling program and participating in outdoor activities that increase environmental awareness and care. At bi-weekly lunchtime meetings the members watch environmental videos and discuss activities that increase their awareness and understanding. They are responsible for maintaining the beverage recycling containers around campus and collecting the recycled paper for processing on a daily basis.
The Senior School Environment Club (Facilitator- Mrs. Shireen Cotterall) is dedicated to working within the community to research alternatives for waste management and to look for youth leadership activities in Environment issues and sustainability. The members of this club share in the common interest in taking action for a greener society. The senior environment club meets every 3 weeks to discuss recent findings, ideas and initiatives within the community as well as ideas to bring into the Vancouver College Community.
As a school what do we do? Recycle all paper products; Recycle bottles, cans and tetra packs; Recycle Ink, Toner and other copying products; We use biodegradable plates and utensils in the cafeteria; Our staff room has regular reusable dishes; Earth Day Dress Down Day- raise money to donate to an endangered animal or forest; Water for Life Day- raise money for clean water in Africa; Promote Earth Hour; Beach Clean Ups; Environment Club Tips of the Week; Community Clean Ups; Storm Drain Painting; and more
The First Aid Club meets every week in Ms. Laberge's room (B150) at lunch. This is a place where those interested in First Aid, experienced and newcomers alike, can thrive as we expand our knowledge and hone our skills. This is also a place to hear about and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities and certification courses. If you would like to join, please use the following Google Classroom code: j7a2z4
Facilitator - Ms. Laura Laberge
The Lettermen's Association is comprised of athletes who have competed for Vancouver College in their chosen sport(s). This is open to students in Grades 9 - 12. They provide service for the VC Community at the Christmas Mother's tea, Finnegan Ball, Open House, Parent nights, as well as represent the school at alumni events. They also support all sports by attending games.
Facilitator - Ms. Andrea Prout-Bernett
We encourage all students to join the Pink Day Club!
Pink Shirt Day is celebrated in February every year at VC. To prepare for the event, the Pink Day Club makes custom made t-shirts to sell to the student body. All proceeds go to Covenant House Vancouver, an organization dedicated to supporting at-risk youth.
Facilitator - Mrs. Shireen Cotterall
The Vancouver College Pro-Life Club was established to address the issues of pro-life in a more holistic way for the students at VC. Many of the students' concerns and questions are addressed through the teacher facilitators.
The Pro-Life Club allows the students to become pro-active through fundraising activities and contribution to various organizations.
Facilitator - Mrs. Michelle Rapier
The Vancouver College Student Council is the elected voice of the student body. It provides the students with an opportunity to experience democratic processes and a means to present their ideas and concerns to the school's Administration.
The Council is also responsible for the funding of non-athletic extracurricular clubs and activities and organizes several social events throughout the school year.
VC’s FIRST® Tech Challenge teams are composed of Grade 10-12 students who are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in local, provincial and international competitions. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
Teams work to overcome obstacles and meet challenges while learning from and interacting with their peers and adult mentors. Students develop a greater appreciation of science and technology and how they might use that knowledge to impact the world around them in a positive manner. They also cultivate life skills such as planning, brainstorming and creative problem-solving, research and technical skills, collaboration and teamwork, appreciation of differences, and respect for the ideas and contributions of others.
The FIRST® Tech Challenge season kick-off is in early September when that years' game is announced. The design and build season runs from September to January. Tournament season varies by region and can begin as early as October and continues through April. There are also many off-season events where teams participate, strategize, hone their skills, learn new technology, meet other teams, and have fun!
Meetings are held in B242.
Facilitator - Mr. Marc de Asis